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EMBO Workshop

The evolution of animal genomes

08 – 10 June 2020 | Granada, Spain

Due to the current COVID-19 emergency, this EMBO Workshop might need to be cancelled depending on national and local recommendations. We anticipate an update by mid–late April. In order to give both organisers and participants more time before making any decisions, the registration and payment deadlines have been extended. In case of cancellation, registration fees will be reimbursed. For now, we suggest avoiding bookings that are non-refundable.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 May 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 May 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 8 May 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 May 2020

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About the Workshop

Mutations are the ultimate source of genomic and phenotypic diversity. Such variation withstands the extraordinary capacity of animal species to adapt to distinct habitats and environmental conditions. The impact of genomic variability on species evolution is a matter that has fascinated but also puzzled the scientific community for decades, partly due to technical limitations on the reconstruction and interpretation of entire genomes. With the advent of long-range sequencing and proximity-ligation methods, such as Hi-C, error-free chromosome-resolved genome assemblies are finally at hand. Such technological development, in combination with CRISPR/Cas genome engineering and single-cell approaches, has propelled the field of evolutionary genetics into an unprecedented era of discovery that leverages on massive information about genome sequence and its underlying function. As a result, novel mechanisms of gene regulation are steadily emerging, supporting a transition from a classical gene-centered interpretation, to a multi-component approach that endorses the crucial role of non-coding regulatory sequences, 3D spatial organization or transposable elements in genome function. Thus, the so-called “Genomics Era” represents an ongoing conceptual and technological revolution that is central to understand developmental processes in the context of evolution.

This EMBO Workshop will bring together internationally recognized scientists with distinct, but complementary, expertise in interpreting the effects of genomic variability. The combination of such aspects allows a comprehensive overview that goes from fundamental principles encoded in genomes to their ultimate biological significance on the formation of living, evolving organisms.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 May 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 May 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 8 May 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 May 2020



Registration includes:

  • Lunch on the 8th, 9th, and 10th
  • Gala dinner and flamenco show at the restaurant “Carmen de los Chapiteles” on the 8th
  • Coffee and refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Access to all talks and poster sessions
  • Bag/pen/notepad/abstract booklet

Accommodation is NOT included


Participants will be directed to pay through an external website run through the MDC. Upon acceptance participants will be sent an email containing information about payment details. The following types of payment options will be available: Credit card, direct transfer, PayPal, Direct debit, and invoice.

Selection criteria

The main criteria for participant selection will be the scientific quality and research relevance to the workshop’s themes as judged by the submitted abstract.

We will take special care to achieve a balanced distribution of participants, considering a diverse representation of countries, career stages, and genders.

Participant selection will be decided by the meeting organizers:

  • Darío G. Lupiáñez, BIMSB/MDC, Germany
  • Manuel Irimia, CRG, Spain
  • José Luis Gómez-Skarmeta, CABD, Spain

In addition, each session contains short talks that will be selected from the submitted abstracts by the organizers. Whenever possible we will attempt to showcase scientific results from earlier stage researchers.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are expected to mostly describe unpublished work. Altogether abstracts should not exceed 300 words (incl. any citations). Please make sure full authors’ names and affiliations are included, and indicate if you would like your abstract to be considered for an oral presentation.

Poster specifications

A0 format, (841 x 1189 mm), portrait orientation

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants page.

The Spanish Society for Evolutionary Biology (SESBE) also offers travel grants for members that wish to participate in the workshop. SESBE members do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the SESBE board of directors and the workshop organizers. More information about the society can be found at the SESBE page.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Darío G. Lupiáñez; Timkehet Teffera; Lien Dettmann




Palacio de Congresos de Granada

Paseo del Violón S/N

18006 Granada, Spain

Phone: +34 958 24 67 00



We have reserved several rooms for conference participants at the nearby hotels Saray and Andalucía Center at reduced rates (breakfast included). All rooms can be accessed by a booking code which will be provided to participants upon acceptance to the meeting.


Granada has an excellent network of transport, as well as an international airport. The venue is easily accessible from the airport, either by car/taxi (30 minutes) or by public transport (45 minutes). In addition Granada also has a central train and bus station, both easily accesible from the venue (15-20 minutes by public transport).

About the Area

Located in the heart of the city, the Palacio de Congresos de Granada is within walking distance to restaurants, shops and cultural sites. Conference participants can relax wandering about a relatively small and friendly city, enjoy in its lively plazas and cafes or experiencing Granada’s renowned ‘tapas’ route in the animated downtown bars.

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